A SCHOOL in Bolton is one of the best in the country.

Bolton Muslim Girls School has been officially recognised as being in the top 20 per cent of the country for the numbers of pupils who achieve high grades in their GCSE exams.

The SSAT — the representative body for schools — congratulated the school for its achievement, which it calculated by counting students’ best eight GCSE subjects.

Headteacher Mubaaruck Ibrahim said: “We are delighted to be recognised as being amongst one of the top performing schools in the country for the amount of value that we add to our learners and our performance in national exams.

“It is a testament to the culture of high expectation and learning that we have created at Bolton Muslim Girls School.

“It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our learners, parents, staff, governors and senior leadership team without whom all this would not have been possible.”

The school was ranked the third best state school in Bolton with 69 per cent of its students achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths last summer.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, said: “Bolton Muslim Girls School should be congratulated for their stunning achievement in securing some of the best GCSE results in the country.

“Bolton Muslim Girls School has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at securing superb GCSE outcomes from their students. There is plenty that other schools could learn from Bolton Muslim Girls School’s success.

“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Bolton Muslim Girls School and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.

“Successful schools like Bolton Muslim Girls School understand the value of data, such as these attainment measures, in helping to ensure all young people perform to the very best of their ability.”